I am a creative writer who has published poetry and prose, and written and directed a play and short film scripts. Most of these works are creative non-fiction.
I first learned filmmaking skills in a one-year extra-curricula course at La Trobe University in the late 1970s. Before going on to making short documentaries, I developed and delivered two Latin American History and Social Change through Film courses in the History Department (Institute of Latin American Studies) at La Trobe University (1990s).
I am a full member of Writers Victoria and enjoy their professional development courses. I was — a long time ago — a member of the Board of Directors of Open Channel (2004–2005), which offers community-based film training opportunities and services in Victoria. I have reviewed, researched and created study guides of work by other creative artists.
Performance: film and theatre
Produced, directed, wrote and narrated Mercury Stole My Fire (2005, 12 mins 12 secs), a short award-winning autobiographical doco.
Co-wrote, co-directed and co-produced The Rhythm and the Line (16mins) with Ruth Williams in 1999. Among other screenings, it was selected for the St Kilda Short Film Festival (May 2000) and Melbourne Fringe Short Film Festival (October 1999). The cinematographer was Janis Lesinskis.
Creative non-fiction play Servant of the Revolution premiered in Melbourne (2009), was performed in Central Victoria by Red Room Theatre (2016), was presented as a rehearsed play reading the Historical Materialism Sydney conference (2017) and has been translated into German (2017).
Select publications: poems, prose, study guides, reviews and journalistic creative work
Nelson A (2016) ‘Art and money: Money and us’, DanceHouse Diary #9 Special issue on Money, May/June.
Nelson A (2015) ‘We’re all that’s left’ [poem] University of Sydney’s Progress in Political Economy site, 20 February.
Nelson A (2015) ‘$$$$STIPENDS…’, Unusual Work #18 May (poem in unpaginated journal).
Nelson A (2014) ‘As happened on the day’ Unusual Work #17 (creative non-fiction prose in unpaginated journal — performed at launch of #17).
Nelson A and Cole C (2012) ‘Productive creative writers’ relationships: A communities-of-practice framework’ New Writing 9(3): 396–407.
Cole C and Nelson A (2011) What kind of a community is a literary community? Paper presented at the Republics of Letters: Literary Communities in Australia symposium, University of Sydney, 13–14 January.